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Day and Night World Map

The map below shows the current position of the Sun and the Moon. It shows which parts of the Earth are in daylight and which are in night.

Map showing day and night parts of the world

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Map notes

  • The day and night parts of the Earth shown are as of Friday, December 14, 2012 at 00:24:00 UTC.
  • The Sun's position is marked with this symbol: Sun symbol. At this location, the Sun will be at its zenith (directly overhead) in relation to an observer.
  • The Moon's position is marked with this symbol: Moon symbol. At this location, the Moon will be at its zenith in relation to an observer. Note that the symbol is not showing the current phase of the Moon.
  • Different shades of darkness are used to indicate night; these shades are in order from lightest to darkest:
    • Civil Twilight (lightest shade)
    • Nautical Twilight
    • Astronomical Twilight
    • Night, no twilight (darkest)
  • Latitude circles
    • NPC – Northern Polar Circle, or Arctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' N. At locations north of the Arctic Circle, the Sun is visible all day and night during a period before and after the June solstice.
    • NT – Northern Tropic, or Tropic of Cancer, is at latitude 23°26' N and is the northernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during June solstice, around June 21).
    • ST – Southern Tropic, or Tropic of Capricorn, is at latitude 23°26' S and is the southernmost latitude at which the Sun can be directly overhead (this occurs during December solstice, around December 21).
    • SPC – Southern Polar Circle, or Antarctic Circle, is at latitude 66°34' S. South of this latitude, the Sun is visible all day and night during summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
  • Map is generated based on images from NASA

Position of the Sun

On Friday, December 14, 2012 at 00:24:00 UTC the Sun is at its zenith at Latitude: 23° 13' South, Longitude: 172° 40' East

The ground speed of the movement is currently 426.34 meters/second, 1534.8 km/hour, 953.7 miles/hour or 828.7 knots. The table below shows the Sun position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 59.7"15.90 miwest0° 00' 00.1"0.00 misouth15.90 mi
1 hour14° 59' 41.9"953.28 miwest0° 00' 08.7"0.17 misouth953.27 mi
24 hours0° 07' 12.8"7.65 mieast0° 03' 15.2"3.73 misouth8.51 mi

Position of the Moon

On Friday, December 14, 2012 at 00:24:00 UTC the Moon is at its zenith at Latitude: 20° 21' South, Longitude: 177° 17' West

The ground speed of the movement is currently 416.73 meters/second, 1500.2 km/hour, 932.2 miles/hour or 810.1 knots. The table below shows the Moon position compared to the time and date above:

TimeLongitude differenceLatitude differenceTotal
laterDegreesDistanceDirectionDegreesDistanceDirectionDistance
1 minute0° 14' 22.0"15.54 miwest0° 00' 03.2"0.06 minorth15.54 mi
1 hour14° 22' 08.3"931.91 miwest0° 03' 21.6"3.85 minorth932.09 mi
24 hours14° 51' 05.8"963.19 mieast2° 00' 24.5"138.04 minorth979.01 mi

Locations with the Sun near zenith

The following table shows 10 locations with Sun near zenith position in the sky.

LocationLocal timeDistanceDirection
NoumeaFri 11:24 AM647 km402 miles349 nmWest W
Port VilaFri 11:24 AM758 km471 miles409 nmNorthwest NW
Nadi *Fri 1:24 PM778 km483 miles420 nmNortheast NE
Lautoka *Fri 1:24 PM798 km496 miles431 nmNortheast NE
KingstonFri 11:54 AM798 km496 miles431 nmSouthwest SW
Suva *Fri 1:24 PM823 km511 miles444 nmNortheast NE
NukualofaFri 1:24 PM1272 km791 miles687 nmEast E
Auckland *Fri 1:24 PM1524 km947 miles823 nmSouth S
FunafutiFri 12:24 PM1771 km1100 miles956 nmNorth-northeast NNE
AlofiThu 1:24 PM1866 km1160 miles1008 nmEast E
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